With the combination of some 7 billion humans on the planet, and technology getting freakishly advanced, I have a lot of information available at my fingers. Navigating my growth in the midst of such limitless knowledge, it is hard to know what to believe anymore.
2017 was a year of male-celebrity disgraces. But the young men of this planet need positive role models. Here are a few that have helped me along the way:
One half of iconic rap group Dead Prez, Stic walks with a warrior spirit and a revolutionary heart. A skilled MC who raps about liberation through healthy eating, exercising, focusing on goals instead of consuming, and how freedom and justice is more important than fame and money — all while operating from the inner chambers of gangsta rap.
Stic.man – “Get Yo Hustle Up”
Dead Prez – Scar Strangled Banner
Stic.man – “Sober Soldier”
Daniel Suelo abandoned the use of money in the early 2000’s and has lived without it ever since. Since, he has found a way to not only survive, but to thrive in a moneyless world. He doesn’t steal or take handouts from the government, he only uses what is discarded or freely given. It is the commitment to living simply and harmoniously, to trust in faith, to live courageously within one’s own values, that should inspire everyone — even if you think his way of life is a bit extreme. The one thing I appreciate the most about Daniel is how he has made is life a living example instead of just preaching about change. He is the epitome of substance over symbol.
“The Man Who Quit Money” Mark Sundeen
Neil is the drummer for the iconic band Rush. Neil’s dedication to the improvement of his craft (both drumming and writing) has been a constant source of inspiration. Neil has taught me how to keep on moving, to challenge the status quo, and to always, always, do what you want/must as an artist before trying to please others. It is in this way the audience gets something authentic, and the artist can stand proud. Its win-win.
Book: Ghostrider – Neil Peart
Songs: Bravado – Rush
Middletown Dreams – Rush
Secret Touch – Rush
Lets just say I would have never written any of this if not for Steven’s work.
The War of Art
Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t
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